Sunday, April 13, 2014

Children of Men

Both stories occur in a futuristic dystopia with a totalitarian government, where citizen’s lives and bodies are not their property but property of the government. Violence is prevalent and children’s safety is not guaranteed. In Children of Men, the continuation of the population is threatened by the infertility of women, while in Panem, it is threatened by the mass killings of children each year in the Hunger Games combined with the extremely poor living conditions in some of the districts.

President Snow aims to control Katniss’ life and symbol of hope and use them to manipulate the public and Theo is afraid for Kee to reveal she is pregnant because he does not want the government to use her condition for their own selfish goals. The Fishes in Children of Men and District 13 in the Hunger Games are both underground anti-governmental organizations that the protagonist is central part of. However, the leader of both of these underground organizations wish to use the female protagonist for their own personal gains as well. Luke of the Fishes and Alma Coin of District 13 are both deceptive when they appear to be putting the safety and wellbeing of Kee and Katniss first.

Though Katniss “pregnancy” is a hoax, both her and Kee are with child. Peeta tries to convince the Capitol that he and Katniss are pregnant with their first child, in hopes of the Capitol and government feeling sympathy for a newly expecting mother and canceling the Third Quarter Quell games. In Children of Men, very few people go easy on Kee for being an expecting mother as well.

Katniss’ coveted trait is her ability to act masculine, shutting out female vulnerability and weakness. However, Kee‘s coveted trait is her ability to experience perhaps the most feminine thing possible: pregnancy and birth.

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